Monday, February 12, 2007

Marijuana the Latest Weapon in Cancer Fight?

This is an old story. It comes to us from last May, courtesy of Digg. But it's great stuff.

If you wind the clock back even further, all the way back to 1996, you may recall Clinton Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey
going on the offense against California's Prop 215. The initiative, dubbed the "Compassionate Use Act" by supporters, aimed to partially decriminalize marijuana. McCaffrey argued that THC (the primary psychoactive in marijuana) was already available in pill form, and besides, marijuana was "more carcinogenic than tobacco." Or was it?

First of all, McCaffrey lost his battle and Prop 215 became law. And according to a study released last year, it turns out that, "smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer,"
reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

The UCLA study, which followed pot smokers for 30 years, had revealed another surprise. Not only does marijuana not cause cancer, it appears to fight it. How is this possible? It turns out that THC may, "kill aging cells and keep them from becoming cancerous," reported the Chronicle.

The same study found people who smoked 2+ packs of cigarettes had a 20x increase in lung cancer.

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